Alberni Valley: Things to Do in January

Winter is here in the Alberni Valley and with the shorter days upon us, we can gather, reflect, and enjoy some upcoming events represented in the valley. Grab a hockey game, connect with your spiritual self, and have a few laughs at a comedy show. Our list may be smaller this month, but it packs a punch in entertainment. Let’s dive right in!

Mass - Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

  • When: January 1,10:00am to 11:00am
  • Where: Holy Family Notre Dame (4731 Burke Road)

Start of the year with a special Mass dedicated to Mary, Mother of God. Everyone welcome. (Event Information)

Polar Bear Swim

  • When: January 1,1:00pm
  • Where: Canal Waterfront Park (2120 Plywood Drive)

Ready to get chilly? If you take the plunge, there will be hot chocolate and a warm fire to warm up with! (Event Information - Alberni Valley News, Dec 20, 2023 edition)

Knit Nights at the Museum!

  • When: January 4, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Where: Alberni Valley Museum (4255 Wallace Street)

Working through those winter projects? Join others in a casual get-together at the museum. Discuss what you’re making, get advice from others, and have fun in a relaxed, encouraging setting. Can’t make it? Come back on January 18th. See you in the hive! (Event Information)

Friday Night Magic Commander (Magic: The Gathering)

  • When: January 5, 7:00pm
  • Where: Card Corner Games & Collectibles (5262 Argyle Street)

Do you enjoy strategic card games? Why not try Magic: The Gathering for a fantastical spin and an opportunity to try something new? Available to play “on paper” or online, MTG is a fantasy card game suitable for players of all ages and skill levels. Additional sessions on January 19 and 26.  (Event Information)

Bulldogs Hockey

  • When: January 5, 7:00pm to 10:00pm
  • Where: Alberni Valley Multiplex (3737 Roger Street)

The Bulldogs have a couple of home games in January, starting against Coquitlam Express, then Salmon Arm Silverbacks the following evening. Come support our boys, go dawgs go! (Event and Ticket Information)

Port Alberni Farmers’ Market

  • When: Every Saturday, 9 am - 1 pm
  • Where: 6211 Cherry Creek Road

Come visit the Port Alberni Farmers’ Market at the old Cherry Creek School. Vendors have homemade crafts, homegrown fruits and vegetables, and plenty of baked goods. (Event Information)

Spirit Square Farmers’ Market

  • When: Every Saturday, 9 am - 12 noon
  • Where: Harbour Quay (5440 Argyle Street)

Come visit the Spirit Square Farmers’ Market at the Harbour Quay for all your locally grown and produced produce, baked goods, and artisan crafts! (Event Information)

OK, DOPE Stand-Up Comedy

  • When: January 10, doors open at 7:00pm
  • Where: Dog Mountain Brewing (3141 3rd Avenue)
  • Tickets: $25 online

Ready to laugh? Taylor Clark has you covered at this month’s OK, DOPE comedy show. Come out for some great beer, great laughs, and an awesome atmosphere. See you there! (Event Information)

TOTEM 68

  • When: January 11-13, see website for schedule
  • Where: Alberni District Secondary School (4000 Roger Street)
  • Tickets: $25 for a pass, prices vary

Everyone’s favourite annual basketball tournament is back at the high school. Celebrating its 68th year, TOTEM promises great competition between several teams as per tradition. Come down and support your local high school in person or watch the stream online. (Event Information)

Remasters Launch Party / Ravinca / Festival in Store Draft

  • When: January 12, 5:00pm to 6:00pm
  • Where: Card Corner Games & Collectibles (5262 Argyle Street)

Veteran, or new to MTG, Card Corner & Collectibles have you covered with multiple events this evening. These Draft sessions are a perfect way for new and experienced players to come together and explore something new. Instead of arriving with a preplanned deck, players open new packs and build a deck based on the random assortment of cards handed out. Everyone is on the same playing field and gets to check out new cards at the same time. Score! (Event Information)

A Metal New Year

  • When: January 13, doors open at 7:30pm
  • Where: The Rainbow Room (3752 4th Avenue)
  • Cost: $20

Ring in the new year, metal style! Featuring Lucid Karma, Under the Mountain, Dead Rights, and Sebastian Robles. See you there! (Event &Ticket Information)

Snowed In Comedy Tour

  • When: January 15, 7:30pm to 10:00pm
  • Where: The Capitol Theatre (4904 Argyle Street)
  • Cost: $50

Act fast, tickets sell out fast! Come out to view Erica Sigurdson, Pete Zedlacher, Dan Quinn and Paul Myrehaug for an evening of laughs and good times while on their Snowed In Comedy Tour. (Event & Ticket Information)

AV Transition Town Monthly Meeting

  • When: January 17, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Where: Char’s Landing (4815 Argyle Street)

On the third Wednesday of each month, the AV Transition Town Society meets to discuss practical solutions regarding Climate Change and Peak Oil. The meetings are about an hour long, with a film, discussion, or presentation to follow if interested. This month will continue the film “Drawdown: Roadmap” (Event Information)

A Mystical Wellness Fair

  • When: January 20, 10:00am to 5:00pm
  • Where: The Best Western Barclay Hotel (4277 Stamp Avenue)

Do you already miss the December markets? January has a special wellness fair for those interested in advice from psychics and healers alike. Plenty of vendors to browse. Free admission. (Event Information - Alberni Valley News, Dec 20, 2023 edition)

Sunday Jazz: The Barry Miller Quartet @Char’s

  • When: January 21, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Where: Char’s Landing Hall and Hostel (4815 Argyle Street)
  • Cost: $20 suggested

The Barry Miller Quartet is back for another delightful evening of jazz. Warm up with some good tunes and great company. (Event & Ticket Information)

Night Temple

  • When: January 28, 7:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Where: Alberni Valley United Church (3747 Church Street)
  • Cost: Sliding Scale, $10 - $20

Join us on the last Sunday of the month for 40 minutes of music where you can relax, meditate, paint, and express yourself with others. Light refreshments and herbal tea will be provided, as well as lovely conversations. Arrive when you can, and leave when you’d like. (Event & Ticket Information)

Electric Mermaid @Char’s

  • When: January 31, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Where: Char’s Landing Hall and Hostel (4815 Argyle Street)

This month’s special guest is TBA. Come out to this monthly event celebrating local authors. (Event & Ticket Information)

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